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What size wire is needed to run underground in conduit to a

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What size wire is needed to run underground in conduit to a garage about 60 feet from the main connection at the power pole? This would be connected to a subpanel in the garage.
JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?
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JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?
Customer: yes. running the wire, but nt connecting it.
JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?
Customer: not that I know
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Electrician: Kevin, Licensed Electrical Contractor replied 5 months ago
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1) How many amps will the sub-panel feeder circuit be?

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Electrician: Kevin, Licensed Electrical Contractor replied 5 months ago

Stand by for a few minutes while I calculate the voltage drop. I will be back shortly.

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Electrician: Kevin, Licensed Electrical Contractor replied 5 months ago

1) The National Electrical Code recommends the voltage drop be not greater than 3%.

2) A 100 amp feeder at 240 volts requires 4 AWG copper resulting in a voltage drop of 1.5% or a loss of 3.6 volts. Therefore 4 AWG copper will be code compliant.

3) If using aluminum conductors, 2 AWG aluminum will be required resulting in voltage drop of 1.4% or a loss of 3.3 volts. Therefore, 2 AWG aluminum is also code compliant.

4) A sub-panel feeder circuit needs to be a 4 wire circuit comprised of 4 conductors.....ie...... 2 hots, 1 neutral and 1 equipment ground. If installing Rigid or Intermediate metal conduit as the underground, a ground wire is not required since the metal underground conduit will act as the equipment ground.

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Electrician: Kevin, Licensed Electrical Contractor replied 5 months ago

If you have any additional questions, just let me know and I’ll be glad to answer them for you.

Otherwise, don’t forget to rate me before you log Off.

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